On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh and his Illness - the exhibition catalogue from Van Gogh Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

On the Verge of Insanity: Van Gogh and his Illness

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'Sensational' - The Guardian

Van Gogh’s Tree Roots (1890) - On the Verge of Insanity at Van Gogh Museum

Accompanying the groundbreaking 2016 exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, this publication features new information on Van Gogh's self-inflicted wound to his ear as well as identifying the revolver that was likely used in his suicide.

This intriguing publication examines how Van Gogh's mental condition revealed itself in 1888 and how he struggled with it throughout his life. Van Gogh's letters to his brother Theo, his artist friends, and his sister Willemien reveal that his primary reason for living was his art.

Richly illustrated with artworks, letters, previously unpublished historical documents, and photographs, On the Verge of Insanity provides a nuanced and considered overview of an extraordinary man who had to cope with mental illness at a time when the symptoms were readily misunderstood and professional treatment was insufficient. The authors also offer a detailed account of the circumstances surrounding Van Gogh's death in Auvers-sur-Oise, and they review the many diagnoses that have been proposed since the artist's death.

  • Author: Louis van Tilborgh, Nienke Bakker, Teio Meedendorp and Laura Prins
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Date published: August 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300222456
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.1 cm

'Using a combination of art, written documents and a severely rusted revolver that was found by a farmer in 1960 in that same cornfield, On the Verge of Insanity argues that far from inspiring his art, Van Gogh’s illness was an impediment to his talent. It stopped him working for long periods, and he heroically defied its totally uncreative effects to create some of the most powerful art in history' - The Guardian